Murder with Ganache (Key West Food Critic Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 4 Feb 2014
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Praise for the Key West Food Critic Mystery Series:
What fun! Lucy Burdette writes evocatively about Key West and food a winning combination. I can t wait for the next entry in this charming series. "New York Times "bestselling author Diane Mott Davidson
Food, fun, and felonies. What more could a reader ask for? "New York Times "bestselling author Lorna Barrett
For a true taste of paradise, don t miss "An Appetite for Murder." Lucy Burdette s first Key West Food Critic mystery combines a lush, tropical setting, a mysterious murder, and plenty of quirky characters. The victim may not be coming back for seconds, but readers certainly will! Julie Hyzy, "New York Times "bestselling author of the White House Chef mysteries and Manor House mysteries
You ll eat it up. "Richmond Times-Dispatch ""
Praise for the Key West Food Critic Mystery Series:
-What fun! Lucy Burdette writes evocatively about Key West and food--a winning combination. I can't wait for the next entry in this charming series.---New York Times bestselling author Diane Mott Davidson
-Food, fun, and felonies. What more could a reader ask for?---New York Times bestselling author Lorna Barrett
-For a true taste of paradise, don't miss An Appetite for Murder. Lucy Burdette's first Key West Food Critic mystery combines a lush, tropical setting, a mysterious murder, and plenty of quirky characters. The victim may not be coming back for seconds, but readers certainly will!---Julie Hyzy, New York Times bestselling author of the White House Chef mysteries and Manor House mysteries
-You'll eat it up.---Richmond Times-Dispatch
About the Author
Clinical psychologist Roberta Isleib, aka Lucy Burdette, has had ten previous mysteries published. Her books and stories have been short-listed for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. Other titles in the Key West Food Critic Mystery series include Topped Chef, Death in Four Courses, and An Appetite for Murder.
Top customer reviews
The night of the bride and groom shower, Rory begs to go off on his own so much that his mother and Hayley finally relent. However, he doesn’t return by the time the party is over. Where is he? What kind of danger has he found in the few hours he’s been on the island?
This was my introduction to Hayley and her friends in Key West, and I enjoyed it. Occasionally, I felt I was a step behind since I hadn’t read the previous three books, but the characters were introduced well enough and are so strong that I was soon able to follow along just fine. The plot was great and kept me turning pages as quickly as I could. The ending was a big rushed and weak as a result, but everything did make sense. And, being a culinary cozy, there are some delicious sounding recipes at the end.
I have obviously been missing out on a great series. Now that I’ve discovered this, I will need to backtrack and read Hayley’s three previous adventures.
NOTE: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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has a very full plate. She needs to write reviews on two
Key West restaurants. Plus write a piece on The
Hemington House cats. Then she needs to taste test
and review breakfast pastries such as Key West chocolate
pastries topped with Ganache and sticky buns.
Hayley is helping plan her best friend, Connie Arp with
her wedding plans. Complicating matters Hayley’s mother
and her man friend are arriving plus Hayley’s father and
her stepmother bringing a teenage stepbrother who is very
troublesome. Also, the groom‘s, Ray Hanson parents are
expected to be entertain by Hayley.
The night of the bridal shower, first, her stepbrother who
is “bored” leaves to explore Duval Street by himself while
the shower continues. Then to add more excitement
Connie’s long lost father unexpectedly presents himself
at the shower.
Then Hayley’s stepbrother disappears and is found the
next day unconscious on a dock. Sometime later a young
girl is found floating in the water in the mangroves.
Exciting read with murders, thefts, suspicious happenings,
an art showing, great food and an array of animals to
add humor….Schnootie, the schnauzer, Sparky and
Evinrude. the cats on Gloria’s houseboat, the Hemingway
House cats: Captain Tony, Rudy Valentino, Duke
Ellington, Audrey Hepburn, Harry Truman, Fat Waller,
Tennessee Williams, Captain Tony and Hemington to
name a few of the 70+ cats living there.
There are recipes at the end of the book. My favorite
recipes are Chocolate bars with Ganache and
Amongst everything else, food critic and writer, Hayley Snow, is dealing with her surely 15 year old half brother who has gone off on a Jet Ski that is not his, and he's gotten into a real mess. At the same time, Hayley is a bride's maid for her best friend's wedding and has planned to make hundreds of cupcakes for the big day. But never forget that her day job is eating and critiquing foods from all of the local restaurants for her handsome boss at Key Zest Magazine.
I adore this series. Burdette's characters grow exponentially in every book and I must get my updates on everyone's lives in each new book. The fun vacation atmosphere and food recipes give me that vacation feeling every time I get engrossed in these mysteries. The lime cupcakes, strawberry pie recipe, and other recipes are worth the read by themselves. I hope these mysteries go on and on like a wonderful family reunion with a mysterious twist!
First, you picked a spectacular setting and created an insecure, feisty, determined, at times overwhelmed heroine. Definitely could relate. And you provided a well crafted plot, and I got to be part of it. I rode on the back of Hayley's scooter as she buzzed from Wally and work to the high-maintenance family at the Casa Marina and back to Miss Gloria and the houseboat. I advised her to say "no" once in a while to all the demands. (She didn't listen.) I inhaled not only the warm aromas coming from her oven, but also the mustiness and cat presence of Hemingway's home and the urine-soaked hallway of the abandoned building. I wanted to smack the back of Ray's head for not explaining to Connie why he booted her father out. And many, many times I wanted to smack the surly Rory too. In other words, I was thoroughly into it.
But here's another element I identified, at least for me. I love high-brow TV shows like "Masterpiece Theater" and intense police and courtroom dramas, but I also loved tuning into "Murder She Wrote" and J. B. Fletcher on Sunday evenings. People got murdered, yes, but the details of her life in Cabot Cove, the gorgeous Maine scenery, her quirky friends, her beautiful home, the pie in the oven as she sat at her typewriter with her tea, my knowing that she would solve whatever mystery lay ahead, provided an overriding feeling of calm and order. Just what I wanted before the start of the next work week. Sometimes her stories were a tad corny, but the comforting aura compensated. Your stories are like that (but never corny). Plenty of adventure but coziness in equal measure. And in the absence of the visual aid, your prose depicted the fabulous Key West scenery just as well. The show ran for 12 seasons, so the formula was right!
So thanks for another good one ... and the recipes ... and the quotes before each chapter. I'm a fan.
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